By now you have no doubt received an email forward from some parent, friend or colleague telling you how amazing Susan Boyle is as a singer. If not, she was the frumpy, older woman that appeared on Britain’s Got Talent who was laughed at and mocked by the audience and judges before belting out a rendition of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables that subsequently wowed what seems to be everyone on the Internet.
Is she simply an example of herd behavior in which members of the audience and the watching community collectively scorn her by appearance in order to be like everyone else? I would imagine there are a number of experiences here where people have talents that are obscured by some external feature that triggers an incorrect first impression. Who is more likely to engage in herd behavior – the person trying to fit in or the average person without talent hoping to hide in the masses?
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